Re: NASUG update

From: Rob Connelly (
Date: Tue Mar 27 2001 - 04:29:21 EEST


That is a very thorough summary. But I can't resist adding two things:

1- That 3D announced a new partnering with DSM Somos. It seemed to be in
regards to Optoform (sp?) and other "non-liquid" or "non-newtonian" material
systems. Very interesting indeed.

2- The Executive Committee did an exceptional job of organizing this
meeting. It had to have been one of the best ever, and their efforts
resulted in leaving the user group in the best financial and organizational
health ever, by far. Make plans early for next year. Congratulations to:

Jim Harrison - Chair
Bruce Okkema - Vice Chair
Guy Bourdeau - Treasurer
Derek Ellis - Secretary
Tom Sorovetz - Site Coordinator
Steve Deak - Past Chair
Patti Brown - 3D Systems Coordinator

I'll see you there next year, Elaine. And don't even try that old line that
"I might not make it to the next one."

Rob Connelly
FineLine Prototyping, Inc.
6300 Limousine DR
Suite 130
Raleigh, NC 27613

----- Original Message -----
From: "Elaine Hunt" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 11:40 AM
Subject: NASUG update

> Sunny Florida turned out to be false but the meeting itself was
> great. Over 270+ attended the meeting and as usual I learned more than I
> expected....... While my notes are less than organized maybe I can make
> some sense of them.
> What's new..............
> I did see a few faces wearing new company names on their name badges.
> The Viper----neat system that seems be be based on NASUG's wish list. The
> system should make our old SLA's obsolete at some future point. It will
> interesting to see how the beta sites perform. The ANACONDA version is
> out later ( just joking).
> WATER CLEAR resins from DSM....... REALLY CLEAR....
> Ceramic material from DSM.... heavy, good surface finish to touch... did
> not hear about other properties...I just touched it and picked it up.
> Custom color resins even for Q-cast..........
> The European Excellence Award winner spoke on Direct Metal Encapsulated
> parts......... Design Research Center was the winner.
> 3D is focusing on Motorsports as an industry. Seems to be selling them
> 7000s. All but one Formula one teams own a SLA and most own multiples.
> Even after all these years I enjoyed the session with Dave Flynn and Steve
> Hanna on Practical Accuacy.
> The night out was a blast as usual. Our shirts spoke for themselves. Only
> the hearty from the polar regions gathered around the bonfire.
> The Excellence Award went to none other than Boris Fritz and crew. Boris'
> group always challenges the technology to greater heights. The
> participants were great this year as usual. I should have taken notes
> during the parts fair but I did not.
> Did not get to stay for the wish list generation but the overall voting
> list was strong.
> What was missing....application speakers.
> Why is this important? When people speak in the public arena the
> information becomes apart of the public domain. This information keeps
> technology from becoming landlocked by over enthusiastic patent prospects
> such as trying to patent the use of RP models for wind tunnel
> medical purposes, tooling, etc. The technology will be driven
> underground. We all know what happens thennnnnn.. SO SPEAK UP or pay some
> joker for using your ideas.
> The users asked for some limited training session to make the trip more
> attractive for funding. It doesn't hurt to be able to build the ole
> considering the announced cutbacks.
> Oh well, I look forward to Huntsville next week and then Cincinatti.
> Elaine
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